Appointment

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2015 Gramophone Awards

Nine programmes

(7) Best Recital Disc

LACOSTE: Ah! quand reviendront nos beaux jours?, from Philomèle; LALANDE: Regna terrae, from Exsurgat Deus; Sinfonie; Tu rex gloriae; Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, from Te Deum laudamus; ROUSSEAU: Salve Regina; FIOCCO: Laudate pueri; A solis ortu; Alleluia, from Laudate pueri; RAMEAU: La lyre enchantée, from Les surprises de l'Amour; LALANDE: Viderunt omnes termini terrae, from Cantate Domino; MONDONVILLE: Hodie si vocem, from Venite, exsultemus - Carolyn Sampson (sop), Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore (Hyperion CDA 68035)

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Karlo Margetic

The Wellington-based musician talks with Kenneth Young about his compositional processes and recent works including Lightbox and Melting Furniture (RNZ).

From Appointment on 11 Feb 2016

Interrupted Cadences - Berlioz

What if …? John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. What if Berlioz had never seen Harriet Smithson play Ophelia? No Symphonie Fantastique, no programme music … (RNZ)

From Appointment on 10 Feb 2016

The Circumstances of Beethoven's Symphonies

Some believe that they were conceived as a set with an overarching grand schema, but Thomas Goss points out the often more expedient external factors that influenced Beethoven in composing his nine symphonies (RNZ).

From Appointment on 04 Feb 2016

Interrupted Cadences - Beethoven's last summer

John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently Beethoven's last summer. What if he had indeed taken his life at the age of 31? Only two symphonies, no middle period, no late quartets … (RNZ)

From Appointment on 03 Feb 2016

Elric Hooper

Theatre director and broadcaster Elric Hooper talks with Des Wilson about his life and his career in the performing arts

From Appointment on 30 Jan 2016

Beethoven ReCYCLE (Part 2)

Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd continue their conversation about the Beethoven piano sonatas and Houstoun's approach to performing them. They talk in detail about the sonatas in his fourth concert of the cycle including the Appassionata.

From Appointment on 28 Jan 2016

Interrupted Cadences - Mozart

John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. The young Mozart had two lucky escapes. What if he'd succumbed to smallpox in 1767 or died in the coach accident in 1770? And what if he'd lived beyond 1791? (RNZ)

From Appointment on 27 Jan 2016

Interrupted Cadences - JS Bach

John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. JS Bach was only third choice, after Telemann and Graupner, for the position of Kantor in Leipzig in 1723. What if he'd remained an obscure country musician and not composed the great works which became pillars of Western musical tradition? (RNZ)

From Appointment on 20 Jan 2016

Beethoven ReCYCLE (Part 1)

Michael Houstoun first performed the cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven 20 years ago. Why do it again? What's changed? Michael Houstoun talks to Tim Dodd about the project and they look at four sonatas from the first wave of concerts: the graceful Sonata quasi una fantasia in Eb Op 27 No 1; the tormented Op 31 No 2 in D minor, the "Tempest"; the expansive Op 53 in C, the "Waldstein"; and the gigantic Op 106 in B flat, the "Hammerklavier".

From Appointment on 19 Jan 2016

Interrupted Cadences - Galilei

John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Had Vincenzo Galilei not courageously challenged established thinking about music in 1581, opera may never have developed, and his son Galileo might not have questioned the Ptolemaic model of the universe (RNZ)

From Appointment on 13 Jan 2016

Interrupted Cadences - Handel

John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Handel suffered a massive stroke on 13 April 1737. What if he had not recovered? No late oratorios, no 'Messiah', and a changed history of England (RNZ)

From Appointment on 06 Jan 2016

David Long

David Long talks with Charlotte Wilson about his work for film, television, classic bands like The Muttonbirds and recent activities with The Labcoats and as Lilburn composer-in-residence.

From Appointment on 27 Dec 2015

Hodies

Brian Kay looks at settings of the Latin text 'Hodie Christus Natus Est', 'Today Christ is born', originally sung as antiphon to the Magnificat at Vespers on Christmas Day (RNZ)

From Appointment on 21 Dec 2015

Christchurch Harmonic Society 1965 Tour

Fifty years ago, 150 members of the Christchurch Harmonic Society Choir and Chorale travelled to England to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Arts Festival. Clarissa Dunn talks to the Music Director William Hawkey and some of the choir members about this highlight of their musical lives (RNZ)

From Appointment on 17 Dec 2015

Georgina Zellan-Smith

Tim Dodd talks to pianist Georgina Zellan-Smith about her early life in South Otago and her years in London in the 1960s and 70s where she had a successful performing career and rubbed shoulders with many of the great musicians from that era (RNZ)

From Appointment on 16 Dec 2015

Lilburn Lecture 2015

Marking the 100th anniversary of Lilburn's birth, music historian and 2015 Lilburn Research Fellow Chris Bourke discusses the place of local popular music in New Zealand. He considers the ideas discussed by Lilburn in his celebrated talks A Search for Tradition and A Search for a Language: are they still relevant, and can they be answered by popular music? The lecture took place on 4 November 2015 (recorded at National Library of New Zealand by RNZ)

From Appointment on 14 Dec 2015

Galina Vishnevskaya - A Tribute

Galina Vishnevskaya (1926-2012)

Roger Flury and Des Wilson discuss the extraordinary life and career of the Russian soprano who survived childhood poverty, disease, the siege of Leningrad, political persecution and even exile to become a celebrated international performer and recording artist (RNZ)

From Appointment on 13 Dec 2015

Dorothy Buchanan

Dorothy Buchanan (b. 1945). New Zealand composer Dorothy Quita Buchanan was a pioneer of the Composers-in-Schools scheme in the 1970s, also an active violinist, pianist, teacher and publisher. In 2001 she was made an ONZM recognising a lifetime's involvement in music. To mark her 70th birthday, Dorothy talks with Elizabeth Kerr (RNZ)

From Appointment on 10 Dec 2015

Phillip Rhodes

Kiwi baritone Phillip Rhodes talks with Kate Lineham about his international career in opera.

From Appointment on 07 Dec 2015

By Royal Command Prog 2

Brian Kay presents two programmes of music written for royal occasions in the United Kingdom.

From Appointment on 06 Dec 2015

The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky

A 1947 Chicago exhibition of William Hogarth's sequence of paintings depicting "A Rake's Progress" inspired Stravinsky to compose an opera. With a clever English libretto by WH Auden & Chester Kallman, the work premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1951. The opera is regularly revived and is now a 20th century classic. Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress

From Appointment on 03 Dec 2015

High-class Middlebrow

Brian Kay talks to conductor, composer and arranger Gavin Sutherland who has numerous light music recordings to his credit. Of the three conductors in this series he has the closest relationship to New Zealand having conducted for the Royal New Zealand Ballet

From Appointment on 30 Nov 2015

By Royal Command (Part 1)

Brian Kay presents two programmes of music written for royal occasions in the United Kingdom.

From Appointment on 29 Nov 2015

History through the Violin - Ysaye

As we listen to pieces of violin music, composed between the early 1700s and the early 1900s, we recognize changing forms and styles. But we seldom relate these changes to the wider changes happening in European culture. In this series John Drummond treats pieces of violin music as windows into the time of their composition, relating them to contemporary values, ideas and tastes

From Appointment on 29 Nov 2015

Salina Fisher

The award-winning 22 year old New Zealand composer, violinist and pianist has had several successful premières recently. She talks with Kenneth Young about her development as a composer (RNZ).

From Appointment on 26 Nov 2015

Judith Clark CNZM (1931-2014)

Christine Argyle presents a tribute to a leading NZ piano teacher (RNZ).

From Appointment on 25 Nov 2015

High-class Middlebrow

Brian Kay talks to conductor and composer Ronald Corp, whose recordings of light music for Hyperion in the 90s became immensely popular and helped to re-ignite interest in the field of light music.

From Appointment on 23 Nov 2015

Music and Dreams Part 4

Lucid dreaming, fantasy and its technical realisation
Since ancient times, the arts have been inspired by dreams. Ryan Smith looks at some famous composers from different eras who have lifted ideas and music straight out of their dreams. Part Four of Four.

From Appointment on 22 Nov 2015

History through the Violin - Brahms

As we listen to pieces of violin music, composed between the early 1700s and the early 1900s, we recognize changing forms and styles. But we seldom relate these changes to the wider changes happening in European culture. In this series John Drummond treats pieces of violin music as windows into the time of their composition, relating them to contemporary values, ideas and tastes.

From Appointment on 22 Nov 2015

Peter Cooper (1918-2004)

Peter Mechen and others remember the life and work of the New Zealand pianist Peter Cooper.

From Appointment on 18 Nov 2015

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